If you have crooked, stained, chipped or even gap teeth, you can have a beautiful smile with the help of dental veneers. Veneers are a very thin shell material of a tooth that is bonded over your existing teeth to give you the beautiful, straight smile you've always wanted. Veneers can be somewhat expensive, although it's a fast way to get a straighter smile. If you're thinking of getting veneers, see the information below for the benefits of veneers, as well as tips to keep them clean and taken care of.
The Benefits Of Veneers
Veneers have a number of benefits, including that most people are candidates for veneers.
- Natural looking. Veneers look so much like natural teeth, most people can't tell that they aren't your teeth.
- Durable. Veneers are durable, although they aren't indestructible. They could possibly chip if you use your teeth to open bottles, tear open packages or even bite your nails. These are things you shouldn't do with your natural teeth, either.
- Stain resistant. Veneers don't stain as easily as your natural teeth do, although they could potentially stain if you drink a lot of coffee or tea. Even red wine or tobacco use can cause stains.
- Straight teeth faster. You'll have straight teeth much faster than you would if you had braces or even with Invisalign. Veneers usually only take a few weeks to create and have them bonded to your natural teeth. Plus, most adults do not want to wear braces to straighten teeth.
- Confidence booster. Straight teeth can help build confidence and self-esteem, which can help you in other areas of your life.
There are a few downsides to veneers, such as the procedure is irreversible. You won't be able to go back to your regular teeth if you decide later that you don't like your veneers. Another downside is that there could be some tooth sensitivity after having the procedure done. If you aren't happy about your veneers, be sure to talk to your dentist about your concerns and see what can be done to make changes.
Care Tips For Your Veneers
Veneers are very close to your natural teeth, so they should be cared for much like your natural teeth. In order to keep them looking beautiful and to protect your investment, be sure to care for them properly.
- Brush and floss. Brush your teeth twice daily in order to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth. Also be sure to floss daily to get rid of these items in between your teeth as well.
- Protect your teeth. Don't use your teeth to open packages, bottles or to bite your nails. Also, if you grind your teeth, you may want to get a mouth guard in order to prevent grinding down your veneers.
- Make a dentist appointment. See your dentist for an exam and cleaning every six months for a checkup, and to have your veneers inspected and any stains removed.
Dental veneers are a great way to get a straighter, brighter smile. Talk to your dentist about veneers and to see if you're a good candidate for them.